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Player prop expert Gray Gutfreund has narrowed down another top NBA bet for Game 2 of the NBA Finals. He has his eyes set on Jaylen Brown and Jordan Poole as the Warriors are set to battle the Boston Celtics in Game 2 of the NBA Finals Sunday night.

Warriors vs. Celtics NBA Finals Game 2 Same-Game Parlay: Should You Fade Jaylen Brown in Game 2?

Jaylen Brown took over the game for about four minutes at the start of the fourth quarter in Game 1. It was a terrific stretch of basketball in the biggest moment of Brown's career so far. He starred in Game 1 and led the Celtics volume-wise by a huge margin. Brown had a 33.8% Usage Rate, while no other Celtic finished higher than 24.5%. And, he took 23 shots, while Jayson Tatum only took 17. Despite the sky-high volume for Brown, he finished with only 24 points.

The Golden State Warriors will come out in Game 2 as their lives depend on a win. The last thing these guys want is to travel to Massachusetts down 2-0 in the series. In addition to stopping Jaylen Brown, it's safe to say they'll need a stronger performance out of Jordan Poole tonight in order to walk out of the Chase Center with a win.

Warriors vs. Celtics Game 2 Start Time and Where to Watch, and Odds

  • Date: June 5, 2022
  • Game Time: 8:00 pm ET
  • Where to Watch: ABC

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Golden State Warriors vs. Boston Celtics Game 2 Prediction

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Leg 1: Jaylen Brown Under 30.5 Points

Leg 2: Jaylen Brown Under 6.5 Assists

We'd be insane not to trust these two legs in tandem for Jaylen Brown tonight. In 18 of his 19 games this postseason, the Boston forward has cashed for us, averaging 23.0 PPG and 3.6 APG.

Brown has been terrific as Jayson Tatum's right-hand man. But, he hasn't exceeded the 30-point mark in over two months. Dating back to the regular season, Brown has remained under 30.5 points and 6.5 assists in 70 of 85 games this season.

Even if we only look at games where Brown has logged 36+ minutes this season (as he's expected to do in Game 2), he's still cashed in 27 of 33 games. He's also yet to post a monster game against Golden State in four games against the Warriors since last season. JB is averaging 22.0 PPG and 3.5 APG across these four games, hitting each of these two unders in all four.

Additionally, dating back to his last postseason run in 2020, Jaylen has cashed these lines in 34 of his last 36 games. He's posted just 22.4 PPG and 3.0 APG in 39 minutes per game across these 36 contests, so it's hard not to love the value of fading the Cal product in Game 2.

Leg 3: Jordan Poole 2+ Assists

Sure, Jordan Poole was not effective in Game 1. But, guess what? He's 22 years old and it was his first career NBA Finals game. I'm not worried about Poole, who's shown time and time again that he can produce for Golden State in big moments.

JP may see a slight decrease in minutes tonight from his 25 minutes in Game 1 or his 28 MPG in the Western Conference Finals. However, he'll undoubtedly see enough time to dish out multiple assists in this one. Stephen Curry and Draymond Green can't handle the ball exclusively for 48 consecutive minutes, and that's where Poole comes in. Poole had 6 potential assists on Thursday night and should be utilized as a primary playmaker whenever he's on the floor.

Poole has at least 2 assists in 88 of 93 games this season. He's averaged 4.4 APG on 7.8 potential assists this postseason, finishing with 2+ in 16 of 17 postseason games. The guy is automatic, and I'm counting on him to come through again in Game 2.

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Gray is a massive New York sports fan, and is an NBA & NFL oracle. He’s a passionate writer with a strong background in statistics, and loves putting out player props! You can follow him on Twitter @PropBetGuru.


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